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dobbspic I write on science, medicine, nature, culture and other matters for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, National Geographic, Scientific American Mind, and other publications. (Find clips here.) Right now I'm writing my fourth book, The Orchid and the Dandelion, which explores the hypothesis that the genetic roots some of our worst problems and traits — depresison, hyperaggression, violence, antisocial behavior — can also give rise to resilience, cooperation, empathy, and contentment. The book expands on my December 2009 Atlantic article exploring these ideas. I've also written three books, including Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral, which traces the strangest but most forgotten controversy in Darwin's career — an elemental dispute running some 75 years.

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Eureka! Neuron Culture goes Sally Field

Posted on: February 3, 2010 9:15 AM, by David Dobbs

I was thrilled this morning to learn that this humble, erratic blog was named one of Top 30 Science Blogs by Eureka, the new monthly science magazine recently launched by the Times of London. I find myself among some most admirable company, including giants, longtime favorites of my own, and a few blogs new-to-me-but-presumably-really-good-anyway.

Given my history of ambivalence about blogging, my sporadic rhythm, my not-best-practice of ranging far and wide, and my generally low traffic, I find this recognition a surprise, but a happy one. I feel a bit like I've been upgraded (possible in this one context) from Sean Penn to Sally Field.

It's also gratifying in two other ways. As I make most of my living writing for print, I find it heartening as well to get this recognition from a wonder of wonders -- a print monthly that just launched, despite much noise about (and evidence for) the demise of serious print journalism. That it comes from the UK, where I'll likely be moving later this year to work on my new book for a while, makes it that much sweeter.

So thanks, Eureka, and thanks especially to regular readers -- and welcome to new ones.

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Congrats, David! The honor is well deserved.


Posted by: Dan Ferber | February 3, 2010 10:04 AM


Many congrats, you deserve it! From "toleration" to "like" -- do you really feel that way? You are much too hard on yourself.

Posted by: DeLene | February 3, 2010 10:10 AM


Congrats! I saw the list this morning and was happy to see you on it. Well deserved.

Posted by: David | February 3, 2010 10:38 AM



Mark Henderson at the Times is a good chap and he fully gets that the supposed fall of specialist science reporting doesn't mean that the public appetite for science is decreasing. He's pushed the Times to start filling the void.

Posted by: Ed Yong | February 3, 2010 12:21 PM


Thanks, all!

Posted by: David Dobbs | February 3, 2010 2:45 PM


hi.thank you for this post..
it's really search but i found that..

Posted by: ic dekorasyonu | February 3, 2010 6:17 PM


Dave - Great News... good a reason as any to keep the science flowing to pedestrians such as myself! - John

Posted by: John Puleio | February 4, 2010 9:09 AM


David, Great job and congrats. Sally Field is still around? Are You kidding me...

Posted by: Randy | February 4, 2010 2:56 PM


Mazel Tov.

And deserved.

Where in England will you base yourself? The metrop., or one of the university cities?

Posted by: Tom Levenson | February 5, 2010 5:35 PM

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